Necks and networks: a preliminary study of population structure in the reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata de Winston)

Author(s)Bryan Shorrocks and Darren P. Croft
Year Published2009
JournalAfrican Journal of Ecology
Page Numbers374–381
Size249.47 KB

This paper describes a method of scoring the neck pattern of reticulated giraffes as a simple code that can be searched for in an Excel spreadsheet. This enables several hundred individual giraffe to be recognized and repeatedly found within a database. Possible sources of error are described and quantified. Data on group size, dispersal within groups and social network patterns are described. The latter is facilitated using Ucinet 6.85 for Windows, a software package that helps to visualize and analyse such networks.

Keywords: Group size, Kenya, Reticulated giraffe, Social networks, Spacing

Authors: Bryan Shorrocks and Darren P. Croft

Journal: African Journal of Ecology

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